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Music (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

Music is a subject with many transferable skills and here at St John Rigby College, we have numerous links with other institutions such as the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester University, York University, Edge Hill University, Birmingham Conservatoire, Salford University, BIMM to name a few.

Course content

Within performance, students will create and perform a recital of eleven minutes of music on their chosen instrument(s). The recital will be at the end of the second year with weekly performances and instrumental lessons to help build towards this throughout your time at College. Composition will include two pieces of music that you will write yourself. One of these will be a free composition where you can choose the style and the other is a composition to a brief set by the exam board. Work for this unit is supported by 1:1 tuition and composition masterclasses In music analysis, you will be asked to listen to, and analyse, a range of instrumental and vocal music from different genres and traditions. You will need to write stylistic analyses of musical works based on scores you have studied and unseen works.

Entry requirements

College entry plus either: + GCSE Music (minimum grade 4) + Grade 5 in an instrument + Grade 5 in music theory + Related experience of music inside/outside of school + By audition


Performance and composition are both practical assessments. Performance is 35% of your final mark and composition is 25% of your final grade. 40% of your grade is from a two-and-a-half-hour examination at the end of year 2.

Future opportunities

Due to the transderable skills that music offers, it is a highly regarded course for Higher Education institutions. Students progress to study Music and Music Technology at university and many are invited to apply for a conservatoire for further study of this specialist subject. Through our Maestro Programme we work in partnership with many prestigious universities as well as the Royal Nothern College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Other career pathways from studying music realted course have included:

History, Management, Digital Marketing, casmology, Engineering, Computing Forensics, Music Therapy, Veterinary Nursing and Pharmaceutical Science.

Students have gone on to study at Salford, Derby, Huddersfield, Edge Hill, Bath, York, London School of Music Theatre, Gildford and Birmingham.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: MU-AL
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